Mumbaikars Have High Hopes From New Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today elavated to the cabinet rank

He was sworn-in as the Cabinet Minister for Railways on November 9, 2014 under the Narendra Modi government. "But I have seen Prabhu working like that 15 years ago".

"I will also follow the track laid down by him, and hope that I will be blessed by his guidance going ahead as well", Mr. Goyal said.

Goyal has been given charge of the railway ministry to take forward reforms initiated by Suresh Prabhu towards corporatization of railways, monetization of the transporter's assets and boosting non-fare revenue to deliver tangible outcomes, analysts said.

Goyal yesterday replaced Prabhu as he Union Railway Minister during the Cabinet reshuffle, possibly taking the most challenging ministry in light of several derailments in the recent past.

He pointed out that Prabhu then headed a task force for interlinking rivers of which Goyal was a member.

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Recalling his first days as the Power minister, Goyal said initially he had little knowledge of the sector and didn't know the "P of Power".

All this, he said, had turned the Railways into a vibrant organization.

"He (Goyal) will play a big role in the progress of the country".

Talking about Singh, Goyal said that he is confident that under Singh's leadership now, the power & New Renewable Energy Ministries will achieve new benchmarks of performance and targets.

Prabhu had offered to quit after a major rail accident in Uttar Pradesh claimed 23 lives last month.

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